Constitution and By-laws
Teachers' Federation Employees' Union
as amended at the 2015 AGM

A. CONSTITUTION

  1. Name

    The name of this organization shall be the Teachers’ Federation Employees’ Union (hereinafter referred to as the “Union”).

  2. Objectives

    The objectives of the Union shall be to:

    (a) establish through collective bargaining the best possible salaries, fringe benefits, and working conditions for all members;
    (b) maximize the opportunities for personal growth of all members in the workplace;
    (c) maintain the principles of democracy within the Union at all times;
    (d) promote:
            i. harmonious relationships between the Union and other organizations in the labour movement; and
            ii. solidarity among workers generally.

B. BY-LAWS

  1. Membership

    (a) Membership in the Union will be open to employees of teachers’ organizations in the Province of British Columbia. The Union shall establish sublocals where appropriate, and members shall be assigned to sublocals by the Union Executive.
    (b) Any member of the Union Executive or any member designated by the Union Executive shall have the authority to accept any application for membership, by affixing her/his signature on the application form in the space provided, thereby giving the applicant membership status. At the Founding Convention, the Union Interim Executive and any member designated by them shall be authorized to accept applications for membership as outlined in this By-Law.
    (c) Each person signing an application for Union membership and paying the initiation fee of $5.00 will thereby agree to comply with the aims, principles, and policies of the Union, and will thereby agree that: “In applying for a membership I understand that the Union intends to apply to be certified as my exclusive bargaining agent and to represent me in collective bargaining.”

  2. Dues

    (a) All Union members who work full-time shall pay dues of $82.24 per month [as of July 1, 2014]. Where there is a negotiated salary increase, this amount will increase proportionately to the average salary increase.
    (b) Union members who work part-time or casual shall pay dues of 1.5% of salary plus $7.00 per month to a total maximum of $82.24 per month [as of July 1, 2014]. This maximum shall increase with salary increases in accordance with By-Law 2(a) above.
    (c) Notice of motion to vary Union dues must have a mover and a seconder. Said notice of motion, accompanied by a supporting statement, must be circulated to the Union membership at least two calendar weeks prior to the meeting at which the motion will be put to the membership.

  3. Meetings

    (a) The Union will convene at least three general meetings each year between July 1 and June 30. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Union Executive will endeavour to call at least one general meeting in each of the following time periods:
    July 1 to October 31
    November 1 to February 28
    March 1 to June 30
    The Union meeting held in the March 1 to June 30 period will be the Annual General Meeting (hereinafter referred to as the “AGM”). The purposes of the AGM will be to:
    i. elect officers and committe members;
    ii. receive a Treasurer's financial report of the current year's activities;
    iii. receive printed reports from all Union committees and joint committee representatives;
    iv. adopt a budget for the forthcoming year;
    v. deal with any other business which may arise.

    (b) Notices of general meetings, agendas, committee reports, and financial statements will be distributed to all Union members at least one week prior to such meetings. The Union Executive shall be responsible for setting the agenda. Agenda items can be submitted by any Union member in good standing to any Union Executive member.
    (c) Special meetings may be called by:
    i. the Union President;
    ii. a majority of Union officers;
    iii. a standing committee of the Union;
    iv. written request of ten Union members identified to the membership.
    The purpose of such special meetings will be stated in the call. A representative from the above groups in i-iv must be present at the meeting to speak to the topic.
    Reasonable notice will be given and no business except that stated in the call will be transacted at special meetings.
    (d) All duly constituted meetings of the Union as described in By-Law 3 will require a quorum except those meetings called for the purpose of giving information only. A quorum will be 25 Union members who are in good standing.
    (e) In the event that any meeting requiring a quorum fails through lack of a quorum to accomplish the business on the agenda, a notice will be posted on the Union bulletin board and emailed to all members that the meeting will be re-convened on the next business day following the date of the meeting that failed through lack of a quorum for the purpose of dealing with the business on the agenda and no other business.
    (f) Sublocal meetings shall be held as determined by the members of the sublocal in consultation with the Union Executive.

  4. Officers

    (a) i. Executive officers of the Union will be a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, four Members-at-Large (five in years where there is no Past President), and, if sublocals exist, the President of each sublocal. Each sublocal shall determine its own structure and officers.
    ii. In the event of a vacancy in the position of Past President, the vacancy will be filled by a fifth Member-at-Large, elected in the same manner as other Union Executive officers.
    (b) These Union Executive officers will be elected by secret ballot to serve for one year and their term of office will be from July 1 to June 30. Sublocal Presidents shall be elected by secret ballot by members of the sublocal.
    (c) No Union member will hold more than one Executive office at a time and no Union member will be eligible to serve more than three consecutive terms in the same Executive office.
    (d) Candidates for Union Executive office will be Union members who are in good standing.
    (e) The President will be the presiding officer of the Union and will also be a member ex officio of all committees and task forces except the Nominating Committee and the Auditing Committee. The President will have general supervision of all matters and affairs of the Union. In the absence of the President, the duties will be performed by the Vice-President.
    (f) The Treasurer will have the care and custody of all monies of the Union. The Treasurer will keep or cause to be kept a proper set of books of account of the Union and will exhibit same to Union members when given reasonable notice. She/he will submit to each general meeting a report of the accounts and financial condition of the Union and of all monies received by her/him. The books of account will be audited annually by an elected Audit Committee or an outside accounting firm. The Audit report will be provided to the membership at the TFEU AGM.
    (g) Any two of the President, Vice-President and/or Treasurer will have signing authority in all financial transactions.
    (h) Duties of the Secretary
    i. Keeping, transcribing, and distributing to the membership the minutes of all duly constituted general and special meetings of the Union. Drafting and distributing notices and agendas of Union meetings.
    ii. Keeping and transcribing the minutes of all Union Executive meetings and drafting and distributing notices and agendas.
    iii. General maintenance of Union files.
    (i) Duties of the Union Executive
    i. All members of the Union Executive will act as stewards in the grievance process. The executive may appoint stewards from time to time on an as-needed basis.
    ii. Recommend a budget to the Annual General Meeting for the forthcoming year;
    iii. Approve only expenditures which have been budgeted and approved by the membership. All expenditures in excess of the budget must be approved by two thirds of the executive committee and reported to the next general membership meeting.
    (j) In the event of the death or resignation of a Union Executive officer prior to May 1, the vacancy will be filled by a secret ballot of Union members by the next general meeting and the person elected will serve until June 30.
    (k) When a Union Executive officer’s term of office expires or should she/he resign before the expiration of that term, she/he will turn over to the Union Executive all Union records and files currently in her/his possession.
    (l) In the event of the resignation or death of a Union Executive officer before her/his term expires, the remaining Union Executive officers will be empowered to carry out the duties of said officer until such time as a replacement officer is elected.
    (m) In the event of extended illness or extended leave of a Union Executive officer, the remaining Union Executive officers will be empowered to carry out the duties of the absent officer until said officer returns.
    (n) Any Union Executive officer missing three meetings without giving adequate reason will be deemed to have resigned.
    (o) The Union Executive may charter a sublocal upon request.

  5. Removal and Termination of Executive Members

    (a) Any member of the Executive may be removed by an Extraordinary Resolution of the membership.
    (b) An “Extraordinary Resolution” means a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of such members entitled to vote as are present in person at a duly held meeting of which notice specifying the intention to propose the resolution as an Extraordinary Resolution has been duly given. Such notice of the motion carrying the proposed resolution shall be placed before the membership at a meeting prior to the one at which the resolution is voted upon. All notices of motion shall be printed and circulated to the Union membership at least two calendar weeks before the meeting at which it will be considered.
    (c) A by-election to fill a resulting vacancy for the balance of the removed member’s term will be held at the subsequent general meeting or a special meeting.

  6. Procedures

    (a) Voting
    All Union members in good standing and present at Union meetings will be eligible to vote. Decisions affecting one particular bargaining unit shall be decided by members within that unit.
    (b) Rules of Order
    The rules contained in the current edition of the Simplified Rules of Order will govern the Union in all cases in which they are applicable and not contrary to these By-Laws and any special rules of order the Union may adopt from time to time.
    (c) Amendment of the Union’s Constitution and By-Laws
    i. notice of motion to amend the Union’s Constitution and By-Laws must be printed and circulated to the Union membership at least two calendar weeks before the meeting at which it will be considered.
    ii Two thirds of the votes cast is needed to amend the Constitution and By-Laws.

  7. Strike Pay/Picket Duty/Picket Lines

    (a) Amount of Pay
    $80 per four hour shift ($400 per week maximum) commencing the first day of a member’s involvement in a TFEU-authorized strike, lockout or third party dispute.
    (b) Individuals are ineligible for pay if they are
    - in receipt of full sick leave benefits
    - in receipt of WCB wage loss replacement benefits
    - in receipt of LTD benefits
    - on a layoff unrelated to the job action
    (c) Picket/Strike Duty
    In order to be eligible for strike pay a member must perform picket line duty or other job action support as determined by the TFEU Executive Committee.
    (d) Picket Lines
    All members are required to honour a TFEU picket line.
    (e) No member shall receive strike pay once the available funds in the Strike Fund/Colelctive Bargaining Defence Fund have been exhausted.

  8. Founding Year
    The Founding Convention of the Union shall elect Union Executive officers by secret ballot in accordance with the By-Laws as adopted by the Founding Convention.
    The officers elected at the Founding Convention shall serve until the first AGM as set out in the adopted By-Laws.

Last updated November 12, 2015